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Sede Vacante - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 78
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Sede Vacante is a blend of Barleywine aged in Cognac barrels and Brandy barrel-aged Angel’s Share and at packaging came in at 15% ABV. A contemplative beer with substantial depth, Sede Vacante imparts tones of dark fruit and vanilla, with a warming finish from the Cognac. The strongest beer to emerge from The Lost Abbey, portions of the beer spent almost 5 years in a barrel. Sede Vacante can be enjoyed immediately or cellared till the next Papal Conclave, however long that may be.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-14-2013)
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one tonight with some good friends... I received this in trade from the great trader jvillefan... Thanks a bunch Michael!! It was well received.

Pours a fairly clear walnut brown.. no head and no bubbles and unfortunately no surprise.

The nose is rich dark malts and plenty of fruity esters.... great barrel presence, but not overdone.

Sweet and very rich maltiness... a light tannic oakiness helps cut through the pretty thick caramel maltiness... dark cherries and vanilla.. cigar wrapper tobacco.. later pours show more raisin and some light cocoa.. so very rich.

I am so disappointed that there is no carbonation in this... A decent bubble would catapult this into the upper echelon of beers... I have absolutely NO idea how a brewery like LA can come so close to perfection and then fuck things up like no carbonation.

Thanks again Michael... This tasted and smelled great... I would love to get another 1-2 of these to hang onto for posterity.


JohnGalt1, Dec 23, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a great trader for hooking me up. Pours a very dark brown color with hardly any head...mostly just bubbles. Tan colored bubbles. The scent is packed with oak and vanilla. A good amount of booze and cognac. More cognac than brandy in my opinion. Sweet molasses and brown sugar with some dark fruit. More oak with subtle cherry aromas. Taste is VERY sweet at first. Sweet brandy and cognac with raisins and other dark fruits. I totally get the Angel's Share, but much more complex. The brandy comes through more in the taste, where the cognac is more in the aroma. Lots of oak and vanilla in the flavor as well. Sweet and boozy. Definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit syrupy. No carbonation... a bit would to this beer some good. However, stillness works for this one. Drinkability is high, as long as you sip slowly. Overall, very similar to Brandy Angel's Share, but much better and more complex.

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Sede Vacante from The Lost Abbey
92 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.